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Published May 17th 2011
Without a doubt, staying in 5-star hotels is a luxury we all enjoy when travelling. Sydney is a top tourist destination, and therefore boasts many luxury chain and boutique hotels. But you don't need to be a tourist to experience 5-star luxury. Sometimes it's nice to spoil yourself and have a night or two away from the humdrum of everyday life, and get a taste of how 'the other half' lives.
The best website you could ever visit if you're looking for 5-star accommodation at the best prices possible anywhere in the world is Wotif. They list all the available hotels offering online prices discounted by 50% or more off the 'rack rate'. You never need to pay full price again. And if you're game, you can pick a featured 'Mystery Hotel', guaranteed 5-star, but you don't know what it is till you book. Here are some of the top 5-star hotels in Sydney:
The Amora Jamison Situated in the heart of the city, this chic, contemporary and luxurious hotel has everything you could wish for and more including 3 restaurants and a spa.
Phone: 9696 2500 Best Rates: If you book on Wotif within the next 7 days, you can get the 'Amora Special' from $189 for a minimum 2 night stay. Rack Rate $670.
BLUE Sydney - A Taj Hotel is situated in one of my favourite parts of Sydney, Woolloomooloo, and has spectacular views of the the harbour and Royal Botanical Gardens. Blue's Water Bar was named "One of the top 10 bars in the world" by Condé Nast Traveler, and offers a choice of spirits, and cocktails. Take relaxation to the next level and stretch out on the banquettes or lie back on the vast ottomans and enjoy the ambience.
Location: 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo Phone: 9331 9000 Best Rates: If you book on Wotif within the next 7 days, stay in a King bedded, quirky room featuring unique historical wharf characteristics with breakfast for 2 from $300 per night. Rack Rate $650.
Location: 14 Kings Cross Road Potts Point Phone: 9295 8888
Best Rates: If you book on Wotif within the next 7 days, stay in a standard room, and breakfast at one of the neighbouring cafes - either le Petite Creme or Tropicana Cafe from $210 per night. Rack Rate $456.
Establishment is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the Sydney CBD. The rooms are pure luxury, and the upmarket restaurants and bars are popular with Sydney's suit-wearing business folk. Sushi e - Serving superior quality sushi and other Japanese delicacies; Hemmesphere has low divan seating surrounding a Moroccan inspired cocktail bar; Establishment Bar is a Sydney institution, with its impressive 42 meter marble bar; Tank Stream Bar is located adjacent to the hotel lobby and is intimate with an inviting ambience.
Location: 5 Bridge Lane
Phone: 9240 3100
Best Rates: If you book on Wotif within the next 7 days, stay in a 50 sq metre Establishment Room including accommodation, complimentary broadband and wireless internet access and BVLGARI amenities from $249. Rack Rate $549
The Hotel Intercontinental is one of Sydney's oldest and most iconic luxury hotels. Overlooking the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Gardens, it has two stunning restaurants, Cafe Opera and Etch.
Location: 117 Macquarie Street
Phone: 9253 9000
Best Rates: If you book on Wotif within the next 7 days, stay in a Cityside room including full buffet breakfast for 2 in Cafe Opera and complimentary access to the gym and heated indoor pool overlooking the Opera House and Sydney Harbour from $305 per night. Rack Rate $680.
The Shangri-La is just what you want if you want to go even more high-end. The hotel offers 563 of the most spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites among Sydney hotels. All rooms have breathtaking views of the harbour and are the largest in their class. The restaurants are also amongst the best in Sydney, especially Altitude Restaurant
and Blu Bar on Level 36.
Location: 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Phone: 9250 6000
Best Rates: If you book on Wotif within the next 7 days, stay in an Opera House City King room facing east towards Circular Quay, the city, Sydney Opera House and past Sydney Heads. These rooms are 40-42 square meters in size. From $275. Rack Rate $700.
The Sydney Hilton rates a mention as one of Sydney's favourite tourist hotel destinations.
Showcasing the culinary expertise of famed chef and restaurateur, Luke Mangan, the Glass Brasserie at the Hilton Sydney has exquisite cuisine and a stunning design.
Location: 488 George Street
Phone: 9266 2000
Best Rates: If you book on Wotif within the next 7 days, stay in a 30m˛ room with new stylish bathroom and Aquavision TV. A two course dinner in Luke Mangan's restaurant, a free glass of wine or beer, and full buffet breakfast next morning. From $451. Rack Rate $879.
Those are just a few of the best of the best. Wotif has all the best deals, so next time you're thinking 'to heck with it' and want to indulge yourself and partner in a romantic weekend with all the trimmings take a look around.